Centre for Children's Rights


Prof Laura Lundy
Professor of Education Law and Children's Rights
LL.B, LL.M, PhD,
Barrister at Law

‌‌‌photograph of Dr Bronagh Byrne

Dr Bronagh Byrne
Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Deputy Directors

Lesley Emerson
Dr Karen Winter

Other Members:

Prof David Archard
Dr Pauline Cardwell
Dr Mary-Louise Corr 
Dr Clare Dwyer
Prof Jannette Elwood
Prof Madeleine Leonard
Dr Mark Linden
Dr Katrina Lloyd
Dr Alison Mackenzie
Dr Siobhan McAllister
Dr Karen Orr
Dr Dirk Schubotz
Dr Lisa Smyth
Dr Michelle Templeton
Dr John Topping

Research Students:

Jen Banks
Amy Brown
Lovina Emejulu
Erika Frank
Leanne Henderson
Patricia O'Lynn

News from the Centre for Children's Rights

International visitors learn from local expertise on Child Participation

A delegation from the Taiwan Alliance for the Advancement of Youth Rights and Welfare, including its director and five young people, visited our Centre for Children's...

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Researching findings: Experiencing Paramilitarism

Research completed by academics in the Centre for Children’s Rights and University of Nottingham reveals the nature and extent of paramilitary style intimidation, attack and exploitation of...

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New Research Funding Award

The Centre has been awarded funding to examine the transgenerational impacts of the Conflict in Northern Ireland and Border Regions. Led by Clare Dwyer (School of Law), Mary-Louise Corr (SSESW)...

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6th Children's Rights Symposium at Queen's University Belfast

The Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s University Belfast is delighted to host the 6th Children’s Rights Research Symposium (CRRS) for...

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Participation for Protection - project update

The Centre’s Participation for Protection (P4P) project, led by Siobhán McAlister, now has a new website that contains information and updates about the project and blog pieces...

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O’Lynn, P & Lundy, L (2018), ‘Education Rights’. in U Kilkelly & T Liefaard (eds), The Human Rights of Children. Springer.

Maguire, L.K., Byrne, B., and Kehoe, S. (2018) ‘Respecting and fulfilling the right of post-primary pupils to consent to participate in trials and evaluative research: A discussion paper’,  International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 1(44).


Lundy, L. and Byrne B. (2017)The Four General Principles of the United Nations Convenion on the Rights of the Child: The Potential Value of the Approach in Other Areas of Human Rights Law’,in E. Brems, E. Desmet, and W. Vandenhole (eds) Children’s Rights Law in the Global Human Rights Landscape: Isolation, Inspiration, Integration. Routledge

Lundy, L 2017, Valsamis v Greece. in H Stalford, K Hollingsworth & S Gilmore (eds), Rewriting children’s rights judgments: From academic vision to new practice. Bloomsbury.

Hanson, K & Lundy, L 2017, 'Does Exactly what it says on the Tin? A Critical Analysis and Alternative Conceptualisation of the so-called “General Principles” of the Convention on the Rights of the ChildInternational Journal of Children's Rights, vol 25, no. 2, pp. 285-306.

Lundy, L & Kilkelly, U 2017, Children's Rights, Library of Essays on Family Law. Library of Essays on Family Law, Routledge.

Templeton, M, Lohan, M, Kelly, C & Lundy, L 2017, 'A systematic review and qualitative synthesis of adolescents’ views of sexual readinessJournal of Advanced Nursing, vol 73, no. 6, pp. 1288-1301. 

Leonard, M. (2017) Teens and Territory in ‘Post-Conflict’ Belfast: If Walls Could Talk, Manchester University Press

Byrne, B. (2017) Reconciling Sameness and Difference in Disability Rights Ideology: The case of student identity. In G. Quinn and C. O’Mahony (Eds) The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Clarus Press.


Leonard, M. (2016) The Sociology of Children, Childhood and Generation, London: Sage.

Lansdown, G., Lundy, L. & Goldhagen, J. (2016) The U.N. convention on the rights of the child: Relevance and application to pediatric clinical bioethics ' Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. 58, 3, p. 252-266

Lundy, L & Byrne, B (2017), The four general principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: the potential value of the approach in other areas of human rights law. in  Wandehole, Desmet, Brems (eds) Children’s Rights Law in the Global Human Rights Landscape: Isolation, Inspiration, Integration. Routledge.

Lundy, L & Cook-Sather, A (2016), Children's Rights and Student Voice. in D Wyse, L Hayward & J Pandya (eds), The Sage Handbook of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment. SAGE.